Antibes Archaeology Museum

Antibes, France

The bastion Saint-André, designed following plans by Vauban in the late 17th century, is now home to the Archaeology Museum, which houses all the collections gathered during various excavations in the city and the surrounding waters. A precious past resuscitated, through the wrecks of Etruscan, Greek, Phoenician and Roman ships driven here by storms: ceramics, amphorae, mosaics, coins and everyday objects attest to the extraordinary prosperity of the powerful Roman 'Civitas Antipolitana.'

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Founded: 17th century
Category: Museums in France

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www.antibesjuanlespins.com

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Kevin Kennedy (2 years ago)
Interesting and would have given it 5 stars if some English information was available by displays.
Lavender France (2 years ago)
Its a small but informative museum!
Cynthia Mccoy (2 years ago)
It is a very small museum with few items displayed. It was interesting tho.
Sam Nachabe (2 years ago)
In the museum you will find fascinating collection of antiquities ! The entry fee is very cheap (less than 5 euros pp). It is very nice museum for locals and tourist as you go through the history of the city. Most of the pieces you will find are from the city itself or found under water near by. I recommend the museum if you have few hours to spare and in seek of nice antiquities.
Laura Lavenu (3 years ago)
Really cool museum and very empty of people at the time of my visit. Totally worth it!
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